Get ready to take a big bite out of a crisp, delicious local apple!
National Food Day will be celebrated locally at the Corvallis Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 24, between 9 am and 1 pm at NW 1st Street and Jackson. Highlights of the event will be free Farmers’ Market tokens for kids 12 and under to spend at their favorite market booths and a community “Apple Crunch” for everyone who is at the market. This celebration is one among hundreds taking place in towns and cities across the U.S. on the fifth national Food Day.
Children 12 and under will be eligible to receive two free Farmers’ Market tokens – a $4 value – while the supplies last. Tokens will be distributed at a special Food Day table under the tent at 1st and Jackson, where customers can also enjoy food samples and pick up information about local food opportunities and initiatives.
The community “Apple Crunch” will take place at 10:30 am, signaled by bells ringing throughout the Farmers’ Market. Each market customer will receive a locally grown apple, and, at the sound of the bells, we’ll crunch in unison! We’ll be joined by millions of people around the country who will crunch into an apple on Food Day in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers.
The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown New York State apple at the same time on Food Day. In 2013, the Big Apple Crunch in New York City set a world record with 1,000,000 people participating. The activity has spread across the country, and thousands of locations had Apple Crunches for Food Day 2014. Join us for the Food Day 2015 Apple Crunch on October 24!
Nationally, the goal of Food Day is to bring together Americans from all walks of life to advocate for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. For further details about National Food Day, go to www.foodday.org.
The local event is sponsored through a collaboration of the following organizations: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Food Action Team, Corvallis Farmers’ Market, First Alternative Co-op, Slow Food Corvallis, Corvallis Environmental Center’s Edible Corvallis Initiative, League of Women Voters of Corvallis, Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program, OSU Food in Culture and Social Justice Program, Ten Rivers Food Web, and Timberhill Athletic Club Health Promotion Program.